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May 2021

Pickleball-related Injuries Involving the Lower Extremity Treated in Emergency Departments

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines many of the elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is reported to be increasingly popular in the United States (US), particularly among older adults. There is limited published information on pickleball-related injuries, including those involving the lower extremity.

By Mathias B. Forrester, BS Continue reading

May 2021

The Challenges with Pickleball: A Clinician’s Perspective

Pickleball has exploded in popularity the past decade or so. Especially with seniors! More than 3 million people of all ages in the United States alone play and that number is growing by 10% every year, according to Athletic Business. The allure of the sport, especially for seniors, is that there isn’t a lot of running, but there is a lot of competition.

By Robert Weil, DPM Continue reading

May 2021

Wound Care Update | Smart Bandages: Science Fiction or The Future of Wound Care

Treating hard-to-heal wounds can be extremely challenging. Emerging theragnostic technologies entering into the space have the potential to transform how wound care is delivered. Presently, wound care assessment and…

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP Continue reading

May 2021

Is Standing on 2 Feet Such a Complex Task?

The answer is Yes and here is how to tune it. Standing upright: step-by-step instructions. Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy observing people’s standing posture while waiting for a bus at the NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

By Dalia Zwick, PT, PhD – Images created by the author Continue reading

May 2021

Dogs + Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy ≠ Good Bedfellows

The canine-human relationship has changed over time, becoming increasingly more intimate. While many humans have enjoyed the increased companionship, sometimes, it hasn’t worked out as intended.

By Alex Kor, DPM, MS; Amy Young, OMS-III; Travis Montgomery, DPM Continue reading

May 2021

Common Skin and Nail Conditions of the Lower Extremity: Part 1

Many foot and ankle specialists focus on the musculoskeletal conditions of patients. Skin and nail conditions of the feet, however, are some of the most common complaints that patients have. This 2-part series will describe the most common conditions patients present with to my office and provide some effective treatment options.

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM Continue reading

May 2021

O&P’s Need for Differentiation

Although orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is a small part of healthcare, it provides critical clinical services for millions of Americans living with limb loss and limb impairment. Unfortunately, because of the way O&P services are reimbursed, O&P providers are often not compensated for all care provided to patients. Continue reading

May 2021

Ode to Movement and Happy Feet

Life is about movement. Everything in the universe moves. Trees move and mighty mountains move. The stars in the universe and the planet we live on move. This summer, the Olympic Games of last year are moving on again. Olympians will move their bodies to “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – Faster, Higher, Stronger – the Olympic motto. Continue reading

May 2021

Cost of the Pandemic: ↓ in Physical Activity, ↓ Sleep, ↑Depression

Summarized representation of studies which investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity, sleep, and mental health. These studies highlighted that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the activity level has been reduced in both the general population and those with chronic illness… Continue reading

May 2021

Recovery from COVID-19 Brings Lasting Immunity

After people recover from infection with a virus, the immune system retains a memory of it. Immune cells and proteins that circulate in the body can recognize and kill the pathogen if it’s encountered again, protecting against disease and reducing illness severity. Continue reading

May 2021

New research network tackles diabetic foot complications

Six U.S. research institutions are launching a new multicenter network to study diabetic foot ulcers, a common complication of diabetes and the leading cause of lower limb amputations in the United States. The Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC, diabeticfootconsortium.org) aims to… Continue reading

May 2021

Supplement improves glucose metabolism in women’s muscle

In a small trial, the muscles of women who took a supplement called nicotinamide mononucleotide for 10 weeks had improvements in their ability to process blood glucose, an important finding in the search for ways to help prevent or manage diabetes in people. Continue reading

May 2021

SELECTFLEX PILOT AT COCA-COLA PLANTS SEES PROMISING RESULTS

US-based companies are paying attention to the ergonomics of everyday tasks. Some, such as UPS and FedEX, are bringing in Athletic Trainers to help train employees in proper task-related movements to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Continue reading

May 2021

ENGINEERS CREATE THREAD SENSORS THAT SENSE HOW, WHEN YOU MOVE

Engineers at Tufts University have created and demonstrated flexible thread-based sensors that can measure movement of the neck, providing data on the direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head. Continue reading

May 2021

POWERED PROSTHETIC ANKLES CAN RESTORE A WIDE RANGE OF FUNCTIONS FOR AMPUTEES

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have demonstrated that, with training, neural control of a powered prosthetic ankle can restore a wide range of abilities, including standing on challenging surfaces and squatting. Continue reading

May 2021

FDA GRANTS US MARKETING AUTHORIZATION FOR DEVICE TO IMPROVE GAIT IN MS PATIENTS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted marketing authorization to Helius Medical for a new device indicated for use as a short-term treatment of gait deficit due to mild to moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS). Continue reading

May 2021

ADAPTTECH SECURES $2.7 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING

Biomedical startup Adapttech, Birmingham, England, announced that it has raised $2.7 million in a new venture capital funding round. The round was supported by existing and new investors. The new funding will primarily be used for new… Continue reading

May 2021

SONIMAGE MX1 PORTABLE ULTRASOUND SYSTEM

Designed for MSK, anesthesia, and pain management exams, the SONIMAGE MX1 Portable Ultrasound System provides high-resolution imaging and a simplified workflow. One-touch image optimization simplifies operation by enabling multiple imaging parameters—such as frequency, focus, and compounding—to be changed automatically by just adjusting the depth. Continue reading

May 2021

AC4 ACTIVE COMFORT SOCK

OS1st has launched the AC4™ Active Comfort sock, which features ultra-soft cushioning and SkinThin™ cooling technology. The company created the ultimate comfort crossover between the ultra-thin TA4™ ThinAir sock and the ultra-plush WP4™ Wellness Sock to create the new AC4 Active Comfort sock with enough cushion, ventilation, and protection for any activity. Continue reading

May 2021

WOODCAST ECO-FRIENDLY SPLINTS

Woodcast is a lightweight, biodegradable material made from wood and biopolymers, originally developed to replace plaster casts. The material, invented by the Finnish high-tech company Onbone, proved to be so versatile it is now used in a wide array of areas, including sports. Continue reading

May 2021

DUOLITH SD1 ULTRA MODULAR SYSTEM

The DUOLITH® SD1 Ultra system, powered by STORZ Medical, provides medical professionals with the ability to customize and combine Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), complementary vibration and vacuum therapies, as well as the option to integrate diagnostic ultrasound imaging. Continue reading

May 2021

COBBLEFOAM UNEVEN SURFACE TRAINING SYSTEM

OPTP’s CobbleFoam Uneven-Surface Balance Trainer simulates the challenges of moving on uneven terrain to help people improve balance and strengthen the lower extremities. It can also be used as a rehabilitation tool for those recovering from injury or surgery, for the elderly, or for athletes who want to improve performance. Continue reading

May 2021

SIREN SOCKS AUGMENTED WITH REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING PROGRAM

Siren’s temperature monitoring socks were developed for the early detection of inflammation that leads to foot ulcers in people with diabetes. They are equipped with sensors that continuously monitor foot temperature at 6 key points. Upon signs of inflammation, the patient and physician will receive notifications via the companion app and/or text message. Continue reading

May 2021

CHEETAH GEN2 ANKLE SLEEVE/HEEL CUP

Gymnasts and dancers of all levels, especially those suffering from Sever’s disease, have come to love the Tuli’s® Cheetah® because of the dynamic combination of the shock-absorbing technology from the Tuli’s Heel Cup’s patented, multi-cell, multi-layer design and the gentle compression from the lightweight neoprene sleeve. Continue reading

April 2021

Compartment Syndrome: Appreciating Atypical Lower Leg Pain in Athletes

Chronic compartment syndrome is an often-overlooked diagnosis in patients who are athletically inclined. With an average 22-month delay in diagnosis, suspicions need to be elevated sooner. Leg pain in the active and athletic patient population can be difficult to evaluate, diagnose…

By Hayley Iosue, DPM, Joseph Albright, DPM, and Mark Mendeszoon, DPM Continue reading